BROXTED HARVEST FESTIVAL
Broxted church committee extended their Harvest Festival celebrations to include a preview night on the Friday and refreshments on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons for the many visitors who came to admire the beautiful floral, fruit and vegetable arrangements. Jane Askew's team would like to thank everyone who supported them with all sorts of produce to maintain an appetising array of goodies. The Michaels would like to thank everyone who helped to make the church look so festive and also those who supplied flowers, particularly the wonderful dahlias. A large congregation greatly enjoyed the service and the wonderful music rendered by the choir under the direction of Peter Smith.
Jane Askew adds an extra note of appreciation to everyone, particularly the Michaels, for all the time and effort they put in to making the weekend so successful.
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 12th November at 8pm in the Village Hall. Meetings of the Council are open to members of the public and Councillors really do welcome the contribution that villagers do make.
This lane, which runs from Sucksted Green to Tilty Mill, has recently been drained and re-surfaced by the County Council. The lane is technically a "by-way open to all traffic" and, as such, can be legitimately used by motor vehicles and motor cycles as well as horse-riders and pedestrians. However, all users are expected to show respect for all other classes of user. If you should witness any bad behaviour in this lane, please make a note of the details and advise the police or the Clerk to the Parish Council, Phyllis Clark on 01279 850638.
BROXTED AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Children's Christmas Party
The Association is once again delighted to invite all Broxted children of primary school age and under (i.e. from about 18 months to 11 years) to the annual children's Christmas party on Sunday 7th December from 3pm to 5pm in Broxted village hall.
The party is an annual event and is entirely free - all that is asked is that parents donate an item of food for the tea party. Parents do not have to stay themselves, unless they wish to, when they are most welcome. This year there will be a Punch and Judy show as part of the entertainment as well as party games, party tea and a visit from Santa Claus.
For bookings and further information, please call Rachel on 01279 850047.
Dunmow Late Night Christmas Shopping
The Association will once again have a cake stall at the late night shopping evening on Friday 12th December. Broxted cakes always sell extremely well, attracting many compliments, and the Association is always most grateful to all those who make cakes for them. If you feel able to bake a cake (or two) please tell either Jenny on 01279 850348 or Rachel on 01279 850047. Children's cakes, cookies and brownies are as popular as adult cakes and are always welcome.
POLICE NOTES FOR THE FIVE PARISHES BEAT AREA
from Pc 1743 Dave Rout (who covers Little Easton, Tilty and Duton Hill, Great Easton and Broxted)
There is no news from Dave Rout this month but if you need to contact Dave Rout, the telephone number for Dunmow Police Station is 01371 872208.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
Before the October half term, the children enjoyed many activities associated with Book Week, dressing up as their favourite book characters and sharing stories with children and teachers from other classes. A group of children in Years 4, 5 and 6 were also trained as library monitors. Those who were interested in this responsible role were asked to fill in a short application form and a librarian from the Schools Library Service then trained them. We now have a rota of able monitors who help to keep our library in good working order. Such opportunities as this, along with our play leader scheme, enable the children to take on responsibilities and prepare them for good citizenship in the future.
Our PTA is organising a Christmas Bazaar on Friday 14th November, from 5pm to 9pm in the school hall. Holding such an event on a Friday evening is a new venture and we hope that it will allow busy families to combine some Christmas shopping with an enjoyable social evening before embarking on their many weekend activities. There will be many stalls and attractions, some old and some new, certainly something for every age group. We do hope that you will join us on that evening, even if it is only for an hour. Proceeds from the Bazaar will go towards this year's projects: improving our PE equipment and completion of the landscaping of the grounds beside the Reception classroom. This landscaping includes ramped access from the playground to the classroom door.
At the end of November the school will be assessed for the Advanced Healthy Schools Award. Since gaining the Intermediate Award in June 2002, we have done much to continue and further develop our commitment to this Scheme. The establishment of our own school meals service has attracted much positive attention. We intend to extend this to provide healthy snacks at break time, in a move to cut down the amount of crisps that children consume. Our children are now expert skippers as a result of the Jump for Life event for the British Heart Foundation and skipping remains one of the children's favourite break time activities. Also, every child has access to drinking water throughout the day as this has been proved to aid learning. We shall not stop with these particular initiatives. Currently the staff are exploring ways to create a successful work/life balance which we hope will mean even higher quality educational provision for all of our children.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.